Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will incorporate a wider set of family therapy theoretical models from the modernist period into their repertoire for analysing and intervening in their own resources and constraints as therapists as well as engaging families around their presenting problems. Students will evaluate the appropriateness of the various models according to their assessment of the family's situation and their own developing style. They will then use this evaluation in the generation of unique interventions according to the needs of families from their own workplaces that they will see in the small group context led by an experienced family therapy supervisor. Students will work towards specified levels of skill as set out in a list of defined competencies.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required50

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsWWC

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Integrate factors pertaining to your own values, interpersonal style and capacities as they impact on your practice within the therapist client system. You will be able to: a. Maintain awareness of your family of origin and cultural identity b. Identify how family and cultural factors may facilitate or constrain your flexibility in the live therapeutic context c. Articulate and apply a range of family therapy and relevant associated frameworks from the modernist period to the family and wider contextual factors influencing your practice
02. Integrate learnings about your values, interpersonal style and capacities and take steps to manage and/or change these to increase the effectiveness of your practice. You will be able to: a. Ongoingly reflect on your interactions with families and how these manifest your values, interpersonal style and capacities. b. Articulate and apply relevant family therapy and theoretical frameworks to inform the direction and method of change required in your values, interpersonal style and capacities to achieve more effective practice. c. Analyse your personal values, style and capacities as they are represented in clinical work and take steps to address these to increase your effectiveness with families and other systems. d. Identify and evaluate the impact of the changes in your personal and pro
03. Conduct interactionally based family therapy sessions incorporating a reflecting team process. You will be able to: a. Prepare for therapy sessions including developing appropriate systemic formulations and deciding who to include and how best to engage all of them b. Integrate appropriate family therapy and associated frameworks, expanding activities to include those guided by modernist family therapy theoretical frameworks. c. Collaborate with the family in a respectful and non-blaming way to clarify the problem and the family's goals d. Interview families using relational questioning e. Analyse and work with process issues as they arise in therapy sessions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Brunswick (Bouverie), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 4.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
plus an additional 39 hours of clinical work


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

one 3,000-word essay


one 800 word goal reflection


one contact log, and evidence of clinical competency on formalised set of skills (200 word equiv)Hurdle


two 2,500-word case analyses